For us, one particularly important aspect of the guidelines is the emphasis on making continuous improvements to our sustainability management system. In order to make those improvements, we examine first of all the demands that we make of ourselves. We also invite our stakeholders to tell us what they expect of our company. The materiality analysis serves to highlight the importance of various aspects of sustainability, and in this context equal weight is given to our own perspective within the company and the views of our stakeholders. Overall, the materiality analysis consists of two main elements.
In the first stage, we undertake a relevance analysis in a series of internal workshops, in which relevant aspects and indicators, as well as supplementary (GRI-independent) topics, are identified. One such topic that we regard as very important, even though it is not prescribed by the GRI, is "work-life balance." Accordingly, we include and evaluate it as a relevant aspect in our report. After this point, any GRI sustainability criteria that are clearly of less significance in Wincor Nixdorf's case are excluded from further consideration.
In the second stage, the materiality, or importance, of the relevant topics over the corresponding reporting year is assessed from our stakeholders' and from the company's perspective. For us, the ideal scenario is where stakeholders assign the same level of importance to a sustainability aspect as does Wincor Nixdorf itself.
The stakeholders' rating of the topics grow out of the results of the regular dialogues, workshops, and conferences. Our experts analyzed the results obtained from the stakeholder dialogue, evaluated the level of materiality (in other words the importance), and rated the sustainability aspects accordingly.
The adjacent diagram summarizes the results from both the stakeholders' and the company's points of view regarding the materiality of the sustainability issues identified. For Wincor Nixdorf, there was no significant change in the importance or materiality of the various issues compared with the previous year. Minor fluctuations, e.g., with regard to the issue of water, can arise due to different perceptions of what is or is not material. The topics have been assigned to one of four different levels of materiality:
high significance – significance – medium significance – low significance